Congress’ dismal rating


The June Gallup poll survey and key mid-term election indicators show congressional approval ratings at barely 16 percent. Of the 535 members of the House and Senate, 278 — 58 percent — are Republicans and, therefore, make up the majority of Congress.

Is it any wonder that in the last few years, Americans have become familiar with such terms as “the do-nothing Congress,” “the party of No,” “the obstructionist party” and so on? Everybody loves to lay all of the blame for what ails the country on President Obama, but no president can resolve the country’s problems without a willing partner in Congress.

The 16-percent approval rating of Congress is a direct reflection of the Republican Party and its unwillingness to work with the president.

Edward Blanco, Miami

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